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Merlefest: Bitten By The Bluegrass Bug

The music was enthralling, but my lasting memory of my first festival was the community around the campfire jam. Being so close that you could almost touch the music, seeing how the musicians who may have only just met each other seemed to easily draw from a common pool of music, seeing the faces of the crowd while they enjoyed the music and outdoors together. That is what really compelled me to learn an instrument and become a part of this community of traditions. Continue reading

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Show Review: The Hackensaw Boys w/ The Founding Fathers

It’s not every day that one looks forward to the opening act more than the headliner, but that was me on Friday, July 8 at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA where The Founding Fathers warmed up the crowd … Continue reading

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Delfest 2011: Meeting of the Mandolins

Not counting the mud, I came away from this year’s Delfest with a new respect for Ted Lehman and his intrepid blogging of bluegrass festivals all over the country. My dreams of daily Delfest reporting were met with the realities … Continue reading

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Little Birdie: Twitter 101 For Bluegrass Bands

Why might Twitter matter to bluegrass bands, musicians, festivals, labels and promoters? At its core, Twitter is a communication platform that is both intimate and public at the same time – not unlike a live music performance, except that it … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Traditions Share The Stage in Lucketts, VA

Bluegrass music fans in the northern tip of Virginia were treated to a double bill of the high, lonesome sound on Saturday, April 23 when the long running Lucketts Bluegrass series presented Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Capital: D.C. Area Jump Starts Festival Season

I left the event feeling energized for the upcoming summer festivals and wanting to pick even more tunes. Two upcoming events where I will have a chance are D.C.B.U Pick-nic in Falls Church on May 1 and the Loudoun Bluegrass Festival in Leesburg, VA on May 7. Maybe I will see you there, too? Keep on picking! Continue reading

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